PLUM (KDKA) — A smoky fire forced an elderly woman out of her home in Plum Borough Wednesday night.
The fire broke out in a two-story home around 8:30 p.m. in the 100-block Conneaut Drive in the Holiday Park section of the borough.
There were no injuries.
The fire started in the kitchen area of a home occupied by 90-year-old Joyce Swartz, who lived alone.
Her grandson, Jeff Nutter, said his mother was on the phone with his grandmother who said she smelled smoke and then the smoke alarms went off.
According to Nutter, Swartz said she wasn’t cooking or using the stove at the time.
“My mom called to check in on my grandma like she does every night, and my grandma said she smelled some smoke, so my mom asked if she was cooking or left the toaster oven on or anything like that, and she said she didn’t, and then while my mom was on the phone with her, the smoke alarms went off,” he said. “So my mom rushed over and called 911.”
Fire Chief Jim Reynolds, of the Holiday Park Volunteer Fire Department, says the fire appeared to be in a wall area, near a back door.
“The first units on scene found the fire in a wall. We opened up the wall and did some investigating and found a small fire and got it put out,” Chief Reynolds said.
The Allegheny County Fire Marshal is investigating.